RARE BEAT - GARAGE ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
THE BIG THREE
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The Big Three evolved from a group called Cass & The Cassanovas, formed in May 1959 by Brian Casser as a trio. In May 1960 the band auditioned for the famous pop manager Larry Parnes at the Wyvern Social Club, Seel Street, Liverpool, with a number of other bands including The Silver Beetles. Despite being a three-piece they were known as "one of the loudest, most aggressive and visually appealing acts" in Liverpool due to Barber's talents in the electronics field. He built the band giant amps, standing over five feet high, which were nicknamed 'coffins', and built one for Paul McCartney. Brian Epstein signed them to his agency and sent them over to Hamburg. Epstein arranged for them to audition for Decca Records, for which audition they recorded "Some Other Guy". The group was not happy with the demo recording, and was appalled when they were told that Decca would be releasing it and would not allow them a proper recording session so they could perform the song the way they wished it to be played. The song was a minor chart hit. The Big Three and Epstein terminated their partnership in July 1963. Gustafson and Griffiths quit in November 1963, and with drummer Ian Broad from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes formed the Seniors and left for Germany. In 1973, Gustafson and Griffiths teamed up with Elton John drummer Nigel Olsson for a reunion album, Resurrection, on Polydor Records. In 1999 Griffiths got together with another former Big Three member, Faron Ruffley, to do a small spot of Big Three numbers at the Merseycats charity night; the drummer for the get-together was Arty Davies (Farons Flamingos). In 2009, RPM Records issued a CD compilation entitled Cavern Stomp, combining The Big Three's complete recordings for Decca plus the reunion LP for Polydor.

MEMBERS:

Brian Casser (left in December 1960) - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Adrian Barber replaced by Brian Griffiths replaced by Paddy Chambers (Faron's Flamingos) replaced by Paul Pilnick replaced by Barry Womersley - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Johnny Hutch - Drums and Vocals
Johnny Gustafson replaced by Faron Ruffley (Faron's Flamingos) replaced by Roy Marshall - Bass and Vocals

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By The Way
Covern Stomp
Italy
Decca F 11689
Value: 350

Let It Rock
Some Other Guy
Germany
Polydor 2058 361
Value: 20

What'd I Say / Don't Start Running Away
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah / Reelin' and Rockin'
France
EVA 710 M
Value: 25
REISSUE

What'd I Say / Don't Start Running Away
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah / Reelin' and Rockin'
France
Decca 457 029
Value: 250

What'd I Say / Don't Start Running Away
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah / Reelin' and Rockin'
UK
Decca DFE 8552
Value: 40
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